World news in brief

By Drum Digital
12 November 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning what he says is the promotion of homosexuality to minors.

Congo, M23 peace deal suspended

An expected peace deal between Congo's government and M23 rebels was postponed after Congolese officials asked for more time to study the document, a Ugandan government spokesman said, the day Western diplomats and Ugandan officials believed a final accord would be signed after nearly a year of negotiations.

The Congolese government delegation was not ready to agree to the document, according to Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo, who said the accord would have to wait until Congo's government "makes up its mind."

- SAPA- AP   Haitian man killed at orphanage Haitian police say a Haitian man was killed and an Irish woman received minor injuries when they were beaten with a hammer during a break-in at the orphanage where they worked.

Police inspector Gilbert Conseillant said that three men demanded money when they showed up at the Kay Christine orphanage in a rural village in the mountains above the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Gena Heraty of Ireland runs the special needs program for the orphanage, home to about 400 children. Conseillant says Heraty gave the attackers 400 euros, but they wanted more. The attackers struck Heraty several times and beat night watchman Cesar "Major" Edward, who later died. – SAPA-AP

Morroco Morocco has unveiled details of an "exceptional operation" to give official papers to some of its 25,000-40,000 illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, many of whom hope to reach Europe. The scheme, unveiled  part of a new migration policy which the north African kingdom promised back in September in the face of growing international criticism. Under the new scheme some 850 immigrants recognised as bona fide asylum-seekers by the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) will automatically be given legal residency rights, according to Moroccan officials. – SAPA- AFP

EU meets over unemployed youth

Europe's leaders gather in Paris to discuss ways of tackling youth unemployment, in the latest of a flurry of meetings and measures since German leader Angela Merkel said the issue was the most pressing facing the continent.

The conference hosted by French President Francois Hollande follows a July summit initiated by the German chancellor in Berlin and is to be attended by heads of state or government from 24 of the EU's 28 member states.

Hollande advisers described the bloc's commitment as "very strong

According to the European Commission's latest statistics, the EU-wide youth joblessness rate stands at 23.5 percent. A total of 7.5 million aged 15-24 are neither in work, education or training. – SAPA

Russina Gays talk homophobia through sports

As badminton players dashed around a court in a sports hall on the edge of Moscow, nothing appeared out of the ordinary -- except for the banner proclaiming "Sport against homophobia."

The organiser of the tournament is Russia's only officially registered gay sports federation. Its members meet regularly to compete and socialise.

But now it has a much bigger goal: to hold for the first time a gay sports tournament in Moscow after Russia hosts the 2014 Olympics in Sochi in February, and attract major international sports figures to support their cause.

But the event risks being the target of homophobic attacks or a ban, especially after President Vladimir Putin in June signed a law banning what it says is the promotion of homosexuality to minors.

Kenya Mall gunmen were suicide team

Gunmen who massacred at least 67 people in Kenya's Westgate mall in September were special suicide commandos, Somalia's Shebab insurgents said, rubbishing reports the men had tried to escape.

Members of a "martyrdom brigade", the gunmen were "brothers who have volunteered to enter into enemy ranks and cause havoc before being killed by the enemy," the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab said in the latest issue of their online magazine.

While not specifically saying they had died, the Shebab dismissed initial reports by Kenya's army chief, Julius Karangi, that the men had attempted to flee. – SAPA-AFP

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